Volunteer in the Parks

Please note: Volunteer events scheduled through through August have been postponed. Our Land Stewardship Coordinator will be reaching out to affected volunteer groups to offer reschedule dates. We will continue to evaluate the situation and review recommendations from public health officials in determining our future schedule of volunteer events.

Let your park enthusiasm translate to volunteering! The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to fully restore the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the Conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.

Muddy River Cleanup

Throughout the Emerald Necklace
POSTPONED to Fall 2020
Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy at the annual Muddy River Cleanup! Give back to your community and enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Emerald Necklace parks while picking up litter, removing invasive species and assisting with park maintenance.

Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
Currently POSTPONED | Tuesday evenings,  5:30 – 7:30 pm

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools provided.


Woodlands Volunteer Corps (Second Saturdays)

Franklin and Olmsted Parks
Currently POSTPONED | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Help implement a comprehensive woodlands management program and promote a healthier forest through activities ranging from removing invasive plant species to conditioning forest soil.

For more information or to create your own volunteer event, contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org or 617.522.2700.

To Volunteer:

What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.

What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.

What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!

What about the weather: Projects are weather-dependent.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org for more information.

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.

We are pleased to announce the six winners of our Children’s Drawing Contest! We received 27 inspired drawings from talented young people who were tasked with creating their best Emerald Necklace-inspired drawing, painting, collage or any two-dimensional work of art. (THREAD)